Op­por­tu­nity to up­skill, in­vest

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Vic­to­rian Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford has en­cour­aged the next gen­er­a­tion of Wim­mera farm­ers to ap­ply for schol­ar­ships be­fore an April 24 clos­ing date.

Ms Pul­ford said she was an ad­vo­cate for pro­grams that en­cour­aged young peo­ple to adopt farm­ing as a ca­reer and the State Gov­ern­ment was back­ing the idea through an Up­skill and In­vest Young Farm­ers Scholarshi­p pro­gram.

“Since this pro­gram be­gan in 2015, Young Farm­ers Schol­ar­ships have helped a di­verse range of young peo­ple grow their ca­reers in agri­cul­ture by up­skilling, im­ple­ment­ing new on-farm ini­tia­tives and boost­ing their pro­fes­sional net­works,” she said.

“Over the course of the pro­gram, 38 young farm­ers work­ing across the agri­cul­ture sup­ply chain have re­ceived schol­ar­ships that have helped fund their study in ar­eas such as pri­mary pro­duc­tion, busi­ness man­age­ment, re­search and tech­nol­ogy.

“It’s my firm view that young peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas should have the op­por­tu­nity and sup­port they need to reach their full po­ten­tial.”

Ms Pul­ford said up to $10,000 was avail­able for farm­ers and farm work­ers aged 35 and younger to help them with pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment and ca­reer pro­gres­sion.

“I urge The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser read­ers to find out more by vis­it­ing web­site vic.gov.au/ young­farm­ers,” she said.

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